Parenting is not easy, and we all need support. Becoming a parent can be the most beautiful yet challenging experience in our lives. A child does not arrive with a set of manualised instructions, yet I meet so many parents who think they should be natural and perfect at it.
I intend to promote the sense of being a “good enough parent ” rather than the perfect one that we sometimes see on social media and in our thoughts. I hope to offer a safe space for you to come together, feel supported, trust your instincts, and learn some strategies you can take home and use straight away.
We’re all living in unusual and challenging times due to COVID-19. We are changing the shape of our lives and even how we work, and I’ve had to; hence, I am very grateful I can still help to support you.
For me, there has been a strong message about offering support, compassion, and community. I have started another creative project I hope to share with you next year, 2022. I will be posting new, small face to face workshops in April 2022.
New Workshops face to face, small and intimate
Saturday, October the 1st 2022
Positive Parenting for Toddlers, to book and for more information, click on the link below:
Do contact me if you would like a bespoke workshop for your workplace or have a group of friends that would like a particular topic covered. I’ve offered workshops for Clifton College, Stand NW, Newbury Racecourse Nursery, GE, Manor House Nursery, and Windmill Hill City Farm. These are some of the topics covered OCD, ASD, Self Harm, Tourette’s, Managing, and Understanding Anxiety, Sleep relearning for parents who have children with Special Educational Needs, Managing Tantrums and Meltdowns, Positive Discipline, and more.
What is your Experience?
I am a parent and share all the joys, up and downs from baby to adulthood. We survived all my mistakes to reach a place of compassion and deep connection. Combining motherhood with working hasn’t always been easy. However, the parents and children who let me into their lives during my 31 years in the NHS have been some of my most excellent teachers. It was an honour and continues to be.
Until two years ago, I worked in CAMHS with parents and families with complex emotional and behavioural issues. In addition, I offered multi-agency consultation within my role as Specialist lead of children in Care and Adoption. I am also a trained facilitator in two evidenced-based parenting courses, the Incredible Years and the Solihull Approach. My workshops integrate all my life experiences. I aim to offer a holistic approach that incorporates compassion-focused strategies with simple neuroscience and attachment theory.
1I look forward to sharing with you in 2020 to be the parent you indeed are!
- Small group size, easy to talk about personal stuff, excellent venue.
- A more extended session, really like family rules, longer, please/ Positive Discipline Workshop 2018
- Understanding Positiveness, handouts, enjoyed no Powerpoint Slides Toddler Workshop 2019)
- Catherine is excellent and knowledgeable ( Toddler Workshop 2019)
- I liked the Science bit, simple, practical solutions, a cycle of acceptance, validation, anger, and meltdowns.
- Nice Summary Sheet of taking away messages, Anger and Meltdowns
- Practical strategies were beneficial as was the information about the brain and how to help my child understand this too ( Stop the Worry Cycle)
- I really like the physiological aspect of anxiety, understanding anxiety is normal, not being scared of talking it through with my child. ( Stop the Worry Cycle)
- I would like more extended, so we could go through more practical sessions to put more into action; I would come! ( Stop the Worry Cycle)
- I wanted the science bit and sharing with others ( Managing anger and Meltdowns)
- We are definitely going to stick to house rules and keep going with your suggestions (Cooldown, Managing Anger and Meltdowns)
- Practical and thought-provoking; thank you for explaining two types of tantrums I didn’t know.
What you can expect:
- A 1.5+++ hour one and two-part workshop ( sometimes less or more with employers or private gatherings)
- They are rooted in sound clinical evidence-based practise and my experience as a mother. We have all survived the transition from baby to adulthood.
- Ideas about the topic and how to make them fit for you.
- A safe space to ask questions you might have.
- A chance to hear from other parents what they do in a non-judgmental and supportive setting;
- A handout to keep and refer to if you’ve forgotten what you’ve learned, with further help options.
- To reduce your anxiety and increase your confidence.
- A sense of achievement that you have made some progress and taken action to make life better for your family and yourself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your commitment to the well-being of your child and your family and your willingness to keep learning and growing. Remember: parenting is hard work, and you all deserve support. Please share the gratitude and love by sharing and liking my Facebook Page, and do contact me to hear about my workshops and consultations. With Love Catherine